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How to Enable the Wahoo KICKR/SNAP PowerMatch Feature and Why You Should Do It

If you have an ANT+ power meter and a Wahoo KICKR or Wahoo SNAP, you might not be aware of a neat little feature the KICKR/SNAP has. Surprisingly, most people I talked to aren’t aware of it, or know it’s there but don’t have it enabled.

The feature is called PowerMatch and you can find it within the Wahoo Fitness app as “Control w/ANT+ Power Meter”.

WHAT IS POWERMATCH?

PowerMatch allows you to use your power meter as the data source when training instead of your bike trainer’s internal power meter. Many cycling applications support this already such as TrainerRoad and Zwift and when enabled, your power meter will control resistance on your smart trainer.

TrainerRoad automatically detects if you have a power meter paired and enable PowerMatch by default.

In Zwift, if you select a power meter as your¬†Power Source and a smart trainer as your “Controllable” trainer as you see in the paired devices screen below, power match is enabled by default.

This allows riders to record and display power from their power meter while taking advantage of the resistance control in their smart trainers.

WHY ENABLE IT?

When enabled, the Wahoo KICKR/SNAP pairs to your ANT+ power meter and allows it to control the KICKR resistance. In many cases, this simplifies the pairing process. You only need to pair the KICKR rather than pairing two separate devices. Also, this comes in handy in cases where you only use Bluetooth to connect and your power meter only supports ANT+.

Other areas I found it to be useful is when using Apple TV to run Zwift. Apple TV can only pair to two Bluetooth devices and when this is enabled, you can just pair the KICKR as the power source and controllable trainer, freeing up another Bluetooth port for your heart rate monitor or cadence sensor.

Also, when enabled, you don’t have to perform spin downs to calibrate your Wahoo KICKR/SNAP.

Of course, just like anything, there is the risk of things not working as they should. I’ve had my power meter fail on numerous occasions. Using this feature will only work as good as the connection between your KICKR and powermeter. But in my years of using it, I’ve never really had any issues that I can remember.

HOW TO ENABLE IT

You need to use the Wahoo Fitness app to enable this feature and know your power meter ANT+ ID. The ID can be found on the power meter itself or if you pair it to a Garmin device, for example, you should be able to find it in you pair devices menu under more information.

Follow these steps to enable PowerMatch:

  • Open the Wahoo Fitness app and pair to your Wahoo KICKR/SNAP
  • Under saved sensors, tap on your KICKR/SNAP
  • Toggle the “Control w/ANT+ Power Meter”
  • Under ANT+ Power Device ID, enter your power meter ANT+ ID

That’s it. You should see a power meter icon next to your trainer and next time you workout, the KICKR will pair to your power meter and use it instead of its own power meter.

Also, here is a quick video on how to do that:

Thanks for reading!

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  • I am still not sure why I would want to enable PowerMatch. Is this feature for people who trust their power meter more than the power measurement in their smart trainer?

    Let’s say, I have the following:
    – 2018 KICKR
    – Stages power meter
    – Apple TV
    – Zwift

    Why wouldn’t I rely on the power meter built into my 2018 KICKR?
    As a follow-up, if I use my Stages for power measurement on Zwift, can I also use it for cadence instead of having a separate cadence sensor?

    Thanks!

    • Usually, athletes tend to like to use one single powermeter for training indoor and outdoor. Even though both powermeters can be very close, they can still vary in measurement and you can possibly see +/-4% difference between the KICKR and another powermeter. So it’s usually better to use one single powermeter for consistency.

  • Hello. I followed the instructions and I can see that my power pedals (non Bluetooth) are driving the Kickr while using the Wahoo fitness app. I use Zwift. By doing this setup will Zwift use my power pedals?

  • So the zwift screen you show above is *not* how you should have it set up? If set up correctly, that zwift screen would show kickr for both the power source and the controllable?

    • Use the Wahoo Fitness app to setup the external power to control the Kickr as shown on the first image. When you login to Zwift, select the Kickr as the power source.

      I sent Wahoo an email asking about the setup before asking Tariq the same question. Tariq responded right away while Wahoo took almost 2 weeks. I’m running Zwift on a Apple TV and have ANT+ power pedals on my wife’s bike and BT power pedals on mine. When I ride Zwift I use my BT pedals and was curious about the interaction after I setup my wife’s pedals to control the Kickr. Here is Wahoo’s response on the matter:

      Thank you for reaching out. The ‘Control with ANT+ Power Meter’ mode is primarily designed for use with the Wahoo Fitness app rather than a 3rd party app such as Zwift. In most cases, once this mode has been correctly set up in the app, the trainer will continue to use the power meter for data once the connection to the Fitness app is closed and it is connected with another app, however this configuration has not been fully tested and is unsupported. Zwift natively supports the connection of an external power meter in addition to the KICKR and we would recommend using this functionality rather than the external control mode set up through our app, additionally this functionality would be available for BT and ANT+ power meters.

      The Fitness app should never be used at the same time as Zwift as the two apps will compete for control of the trainer and this will result in undesirable performance from the trainer.

      When the external control mode is configured but a power meter is not connected, the trainer will revert to its internal power meter for data broadcast.

    • Chris, that screenshot was meant to describe how Zwift supports powermatch natively if you can pair your powermeter to Zwift directly. The Wahoo powermatch is just another option available if for some reason you can’t pair your powermeter to Zwift. For example, your powermeter only supports ANT+ connection and you use Zwift on a Bluetooth only device.